Cracking open the time capsule

Folks with B.A.’s often get asked, “What are you going to do with a B.A?” If you are a History Major, I have discovered a way to get mileage out of all that tuition by taking the memory lane off ramp. No need to hone one’s research skills; all that is required is a good memory or friends with good memories.

Honouring our Indigenous people should be an every day anniversary. Locally, this is the 200th anniversary of the signing of the Selkirk Treaty. Toasting Canada 150 got a bit dated by July 2 and when I realized I need never hear the word sesquicentennial ever again, I discovered a plethora of reasons to celebrate.

With the 200th anniversary of the birth of Henry David Thoreau and subsequent seminal Walden, it’s time to sit by the pond and reflect. In a historical kind of way.

The Winnipeg Fringe Festival and The Canada Summer Games coming to Winnipeg soon have been playing for 30 and 50 years respectively.

If wine is not your cup of tea there’s always a Slurpee anytime to mark Winnipeg’s 18th year of sugar overloads and brain freezes.

Those Loonies we use to pay for them have been around for 30 years now.

Also celebrating a 30th anniversary is the iconic Artspace in Winnipeg’s historic Exchange District, home to artists, arts organizations and a range of support services.

Mitsubishi has been motoring for 100 years; the first human heart transplant was 50 years ago as was the Six Day War in Israel.

For those who like to reminisce about coming of age moments, The Graduate taught us a few life lessons 50 years ago, as did To Sir With Love. We’ve been Dirty Dancing for 30 years but luckily Aretha Franklin showed us some R-E-S-P-E-C-T 50 years ago.

We’ve been watching reruns of Casablanca for 75 years and Star Wars for 40 years.

Original 1977 Star Wars movie poster.

This is the 125th anniversary of Sherlock Holmes, the 75th anniversary of the Boxcar Kids and the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter.

Original 1924 series of The Box-Car Children.

Locally it’s been 15 years for Sarasvati FemFest; 30 years for Into the Music, 25 years for Leo Mol Gardens at Assiniboine Park, and 50 years of good reading for Gateway Publishing.

We’ve been musically inclined at the West End Cultural Centre for 30 years while lamenting that Elvis left the building 40 years ago.

Sixty years ago (July 6, 1957) John and Paul met and 50 years later Sargent Pepper is still teaching bands to play.

It’s also the 25th anniversary of the Winnipeg newspaper, “The Aquarian”, and “The Age of Aquarius” dawned 50 years ago when the seventh house aligned with Jupiter and Mars.

While most anniversaries are reason to celebrate, this 10th decade of The Kardshians might just be the tipping point for historians to examine where we’ve been and where we’re going.

Internationally, this is the 10th anniversary of the Grandmother Campaign, sponsored by the Stephen Lewis Foundation to end the Aids pandemic.

For me personally, this is the fifth anniversary of my Little Free Library and seeing the wonderful books that folks have shared over the years and all the terrific people I’ve met outside my front door has given me a joyful reason to celebrate the goodness in people. Happy Anniversary.

Love, Gracie Sweetstory, old enough to remember much of the aforementioned.

Reminiscing with the kids (Cabbage Patch, that is).

Heather Emberley / Gracie Sweetstory


Heather Emberley is a repurposed school counsellor specializing in the psycho-social infrastructure of experience, an EAL teacher, freelance writer and sidekick of Gracie Sweetstory. They are stewards of a Little Free Library and their favourite word is postantineoconceptualizationalisticism.

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